2019 Lexus NX Facelift, Release date, Hybrid, Specs

The 2019 Lexus NX, or the ‘Nimble Crossover’, is an entry-level SUV. Compact vehicle is taking the position below the mid-size RX lineup. However, it is not less exciting or less luxurious. In the matter of fact, it could be more attractive, thanks to its better price and agile handling. Buyers with a smaller budget will also appreciate its fuel economy.

Changes for the 2019 Lexus NX include exterior and interior updates. The crossover is not getting a new shape since it is still fresh and buyers accept it very well. Also, the company will pay more attention to the upcoming Lexus UX lineup of smaller crossovers. As its sibling, the NX is going to appear in the US. But, we are not sure yet if UX comes as a hybrid, while NX is preparing a plug-in variant.

2019 Lexus NX

2019 Lexus NX petrol engine specs

Under the bonnet of the 2019 Lexus NX will be the same drivetrain as before. Changes don’t include replacement of the engine. So, it is a 2.0-liter four-pot unit with a turbocharger. It is mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The NX 300, which is the full name of the petrol unit, is capable to deliver 235 hp. Also, the crossover adds 260 pound-feet of twisting power. Estimated fuel economy for next season is about 26 mpg combined for front-wheel drive model, and 1 mpg less for optional AWD crossover.

Lexus NX 300h hybrid engine

The hybrid version combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that can make 154 hp alone, with an electric motor. One battery is on the front axle, while the second electric motor is on rear wheels. It is less potent, but the complete system is making nearly 200 horses. It also adds 150 lb-ft of torque and better fuel economy. Compared to a conventional gasoline engine, the hybrid can return 33 mpg in the urban ride. Also, 2019 Lexus NX plug-in is available with all-wheel drive only and can use regular fuel. The NX 300 is delivering mentioned outputs only with premium gasoline.

2019 Lexus NX engine

2019 Lexus NX facelift

The 2019 Lexus NX will bring the first facelift of the compact crossover. In few years we can expect complete redesign and a new generation. Until then, fans have to be happy with updates of the existing SUV. Nevertheless, Lexus will make its product fresh and interesting, so we can expect a further boost of sales.

Exterior

Exterior dimensions of the 2019 Lexus NX will remain the same as before. But, the carmaker is going to use more lightweight materials for body parts. It will lead to weight drop and other improvements, such as better agility. Visually, only cosmetic changes will come with a new model. An only hybrid variant could get some unique details so we can easily recognize it on streets.

Interior

As always, the premium interior is getting genuine materials for seats and upholstery. Unique stitching and details are making 2019 Lexus NX so luxurious. On the other hand, infotainment system was not so great and Toyota’s branch has to work a lot to improve it. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would be nice additions. Navigation is optional for both petrol and hybrid versions.

2019 Lexus NX rear

2019 Lexus NX release date and price

Premium crossover, although compact, costs too much. The 2019 Lexus NX will start from $38,000. For example, Infiniti Q30 is starting from $32,000. On the other hand, compact Volvo XC60 is above $40,000.

The 2019 Lexus NX is not coming any time soon. In next six months, we won’t see it since the company is giving an advantage to other SUVs. However, by the end of 2018, we will see NX crossover, while the sale starts next year. Both hybrid and petrol engines will come at the same time.

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